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Our Watering Places--The Empty Sleeve at Newport

Winslow Homer

American Art

This image accompanied a story in Harper’s Weekly in which a captain returns home from war to find that his wife has learned to drive a horse and buggy in his absence. One might expect the veteran, who lost an arm in battle, to be grateful for the new skills his wife has acquired out of necessity. Yet he struggles to accept her new independence. The palpable tension between husband and wife in this image is indicative of larger postwar concerns surrounding women’s roles in both public and private spheres.
MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1865
DIMENSIONS Illustration: 9 1/8 x 13 5/8 in. (23.2 x 34.6 cm) Frame: 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (42.5 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Our Watering Places--The Empty Sleeve at Newport, 1865. Wood engraving, Illustration: 9 1/8 x 13 5/8 in. (23.2 x 34.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.91 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.91_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1998.105.91_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Page from Harper's Weekly, August 26, 1865, vol. IX, p. 532
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